Fifth Avenue – 59th Street (BMT Broadway Line)

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Fifth Avenue – 59th Street
NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Downtown platform
Station statistics
Address 60th Street & Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10023
Borough Manhattan
Locale Midtown Manhattan, Upper East Side
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Division B (BMT)
Line       BMT Broadway Line
Services       N all times (all times)
      Q weekdays (weekdays)
      R all except late nights (all except late nights)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, Q32
Structure Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened September 1, 1919; 102 years ago (1919-09-01)[1]
Wireless service Wi-Fi[2]
Passengers (2015) 6,017,047[3]Decrease 2.2%
Rank 71
Station succession
Next north Lexington Avenue / 59th Street: N all times Q weekdays R all except late nights
Next south 57th Street – Seventh Avenue: N all times Q weekdays R all except late nights

Fifth Avenue – 59th Street is a station on the BMT Broadway Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 60th Street in Manhattan, it is served by the N train at all times, the Q train on weekdays, and the R train at all times except late nights.

Station layout

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine Fare control, station agent
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via Sea Beach (57th Street – Seventh Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg toward Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue via Brighton (weekdays) (57th Street – Seventh Avenue)
NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Bay Ridge – 95th Street (57th Street – Seventh Avenue)
Northbound NYCS-bull-trans-N.svg (NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg weekdays) toward Astoria – Ditmars Boulevard (Lexington Avenue / 59th Street)
NYCS-bull-trans-R.svg toward Forest Hills – 71st Avenue (Lexington Avenue / 59th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
File:5th Avenue BMT 9317.JPG
Directional mosaics

The full-time side of the station at the north end by 60th Street has three street staircases, one carved into the outer perimeter of Central Park and the other two across Fifth Avenue. Replicas of BMT directional mosaics “QUEENS TRAINS” and “BROOKLYN TRAINS” are found on this side. The part-time side at Central Park South, just by the Plaza Hotel, formerly had a booth (closed in 2003) and three street staircases as well. Each mezzanine has one stair to each platform. Mosaics “5”, “Fifth Ave,” and the directional signs on each platform, are fully preserved with new tiles encircling around them.

This station was overhauled in the late 1970s. The MTA fixed the station's structure and overall appearance, replacing the original wall tiles, old signs, and incandescent lighting with 70's modern look wall tile band and tablet mosaics, signs and fluorescent lights. It also fixed staircases and platform edges. In 2002, the station received a major overhaul. It received state-of-art repairs as well as an upgrade of the station for ADA compliance and restoration the original late 1910s tiling. The MTA repaired the staircases, re-tiling for the walls, installed new tiling on the floors, upgraded the station's lights and the public address system, and installed ADA yellow safety threads along the platform edges, new signs, and new track-beds in both directions.

Artwork here was made in 1997 by Ann Schaumburger and is called Urban Oasis. It uses glass mosaic murals to depict families of different types of animals, particularly for the nearby Central Park Zoo.


  1. New York Times, Subway to Open Two New Stations, August 31, 1919, page 25
  2. NYC Subway Wireless
  3. "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

File:5 Av Subway Station entrance.jpg
Entrance on east side of Central Park